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1  New Sterling and Copper Pieces- in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ammasmama on: July 21, 2010 04:41:46 PM
I'm a metalworker, so I've been at the bench getting ready for shows.
 I'm awful at making multiples, I try to avoid it unless I have to, thinking if I have one I don't need another. I can't even stand matching things for earrings, I just compulsively avoid it. So I'm forcing myself to make duplicates, I think I'm getting used to it... maybe... Does anyone else share this affliction???

New Poppies made with sterling silver and recycled copper, and other pieces too-

Stuff I made last night and today-

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2  Sterling and Resin Stacking Rings- in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ammasmama on: May 11, 2010 02:16:21 PM
How long has it been since I posted a resin related anything on Craftster?!  Roll Eyes
 I made the  bands with 16 gauge sterling silver wire, and filled the bezels with micas and glitters I had sitting in a Samsonite case for the last couple years, calling my name... It's the 1st time in 2-3 years I was up casting resin at 2 in the morning after Amelia went to sleep, and now I want to hoard them all forever! Actually I need to do some math and order supplies for summer shows!

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3  My favorite thing today, a BIG copper poppy- in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ammasmama on: April 17, 2010 06:36:31 PM
I formed it by hand, from copper sheet, after drawing the Poppy with Sharpie. The balls are made from scraps of copper leftover from cutting out the flower, heated with the torch till they ball up. It's the biggest thing I ever heated up, ( you heat it up to soften the metal, annealing it, so it's not too brittle or hard to bend...) and it was really warm working with it! Fun though!

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4  Mother's Day Stacking Rings :) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ammasmama on: April 15, 2010 06:59:54 PM
Sterling silver stacking rings, they were Amelia's idea! I hand cut the hearts from sterling sheet and hammered sterling wire for the rings, soldered them together, oxidized, and voila!

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5  Earth Day! Recycled Beer Bottle Coasters and candleholders... in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by ammasmama on: April 14, 2010 07:22:50 AM
The new candle holders are in the kiln for a few more hours, so I can't photograph them together yet, but I cut the tops and bottoms off brown beer bottles for the coasters, and the bottoms of the bottles are in the kiln hopefully draping into votive holders similar to the one here from last year-

and just for the record, the tops and sections of the necks go into necklaces...

wish the batch of candleholders in the kiln luck!
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6  Re: The random RESIN question thread! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by ammasmama on: April 03, 2010 05:53:11 AM
PinkyK's right, and Pinky, the color only bleeds with certain brands of glitter, I remember a veeeery annoying purple! Then again I only use fine glitter, almost too thick stir...

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7  Summer Circus Collection! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ammasmama on: March 10, 2010 06:29:34 AM
 Getting ready for the Spring Indie Garage Sale! and I'm soooo ready for ALL the snow to melt!
 A variety of vintage Lucite and sterling silver, everything with a pretty back is set in a stepped bezel so the back is visible.
 I wear an eyeball ring and a black/gray/white necklace every day since making them!

and these are made from recycled tires, just don't ask me HOW!?

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8  Tattoo Inspired Heart Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by ammasmama on: February 21, 2010 03:08:40 PM
tada! A copper heart I hand cut from copper sheet, sterling silver banner soldered to the heart, and handmade sterling chain and clasp. I'm totally starting one for me tonight!

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9  Re: Mardi Gras Pendants! in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by ammasmama on: January 17, 2010 12:15:40 PM
Those are beautiful!!

How did the fleur-de-lys become black if you hand etched them? Did you use a pigment or something?

I want to drill holes in glass but I have a question that I can't seem to get a straight answer to:

I know electricity and water don't mix but is battery power safer? I specifically bought a battery-powered Dremel so I could drill glass in water (I have a diamond tipped bit, too). Am I going to be safe?

By the way, I had previously bought a Flex-Shaft but it says right on the package that you can't use it with the battery-powered Dremel.

I thought it would save me time and frustration if I just asked an expert like yourself....someone who actually *does* this!


 Lets see, dichroic glass is sold clear or bonded to a black background layer, so these have a coating of dichro over black. When you etch the dichroic coating off, the black shows through, voila! Then it's well scrubbed and capped with clear glass and fused.

 I use a battery powered Dremel, in a small dish of water with a sponge that keeps me from drilling through the bottom of the container, heck, I'll go take a picture!

 ta-da! bad picture, but you get the gist! Small container, just enough water to cover the glass, and the tiny drill bit doesn't splash much! Don't put much pressure, it's a slow process,  when I started I got about six to eight pieces done by the time I ruined a bit, now I can use the same one for dozens, I can't explain what exactly to do, but you get a feel for it?!

And yes! Anyone can come play at my house! Need a bring your own glass [or whatever] party!

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10  Mardi Gras Pendants! in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by ammasmama on: January 17, 2010 09:57:37 AM
Hand etched dichroic glass, kiln fired, hand drilled and fire polished in the kiln a second time! Shiny! Love, love, love them!


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